National Ice Cream Month
It’s National Ice Cream Month! How exciting–in this heat, I can’t think of anything better than a nice mint chocolate chip ice cream cone– yum! But what does this have to do with us at Highland Hospital?
Ice cream is an important part of our celebrations at Highland. We have ice cream socials to celebrate Hospital Week, to celebrate getting through a particularly rough winter, and we will be having one soon to celebrate our Joint Commission accreditation of both our hospital (re-accredited for 3 years) and for the first time our Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility– also for 3 years! Worthy celebrations for a great staff who put patient safety and quality first.
What you might not know is that ice cream has been demonstrated to have impact on our mental health. It can increase our alertness. Ice cream can have a calming effect. The fat in ice cream has been linked to improving mood. And of course for some, ice cream can bring back pleasant childhood memories.
Yesterday, we treated our children in our residential facility to ice cream cakes after dinner. We did it because it was hot, and as a treat because they have been really well behaved. But who knows– maybe it’s also therapeutic. I’m willing to take that chance!